About Fairview Dining Room
Year after year, the cuisines served up at the Fairview earn the highest marks among respected food critics and peer reviewers. Our Executive Culinary team is widely regarded for their unique "regional neo-American" specialties. The Fairview has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award for 22 consecutive years and is the recipient of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rating for two consecutive years.
From our ever-so-tempting appetizers to the last irresistible morsel of our homemade desserts, every meal at the Fairview is executed with discriminating taste and renowned attention to detail. The Inn's extensive wine list, recognized annually by the Wine Spectator Magazine, assures the perfect wine compliment for your meal. Exquisite food, impeccable presentation, attentive service, and a cordial, elegant ambiance make the Fairview the area's restaurant of choice.
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am; Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Afternoon Tea: Wednesday - Sunday: 2:30pm - 4:30pm. Reservations are required, please contact the restaurant directly.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Light classics are played on our baby Grand on Friday & Saturday evening 7pm-10pm, Saturday & Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm.
On site secure parking, with complimentary valet.
Private Party Facilities:
Private Party Contact:
Bobby Gorham or James Holcomb: 9194936699x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Fairview Dining Room Ratings and Reviews
Wonderful food. Wait staff made us feel ...
Wonderful food. Wait staff made us feel so special. I had king salmon and my husband had the pork chop. Portion size was quite generous. Flavors were superb. Lovely, elegant & refined setting.
Outstanding service and delicious food. ...
Outstanding service and delicious food. A great place to celebrate a special occasions such as an anniversary.
Our waiter was exceptional. He was very ...
Our waiter was exceptional. He was very attentive and the service was better than any of our previous experiences at this same restaurant. He made our Father's Day very special.
Always a pleasure to enjoy Sunday brunch ...
Always a pleasure to enjoy Sunday brunch there. Beautiful atmosphere and great service and food.
Cigar smoke drifted onto the patio where ...
Cigar smoke drifted onto the patio where we were dining.
Beautiful restaurant. The $30 restauran ...
Beautiful restaurant. The $30 restaurant week menu was fabulous. Truly a wonderful value.
Excellent service and food. We went for ...
Excellent service and food. We went for brunch during Triangle Restaurant Week which made it a great deal. Not sure I would go and order from the regular menu, unless it were a special occasion.
Upscale hotel dining room. Ordered a qu ...
Upscale hotel dining room. Ordered a quiche this time, which was not as good as I might have hoped (rather tasteless and a little watery), but the breads were excellent and the dessert awesome, while the salad was quite good. Service was relatively quick, so parents of well behaved youngsters would not find them antsy, but it is clearly more suitable for adults and youngsters on treat behavior. This was a fixed price special with a limited menu, but have also been for brunch in the past, which was quite elegant.
This was amazing meal for the triangle r ...
This was amazing meal for the triangle restaurant week value. Wouldn't have likely been to try the food had it not been for the low price for the occasion
This may seem silly but if you like Fren ...
This may seem silly but if you like French fries get them here because they are perfect. I didn't even use ketchup they are that good. We came here for Restaurant Week lunch and the choices were amazing and all for such a reasonable price. Amazing waitstaff and nice and comfy booths.
Elegant and Delicious
My friend and I were here for lunch during Restaurant Week. The ambience, décor and service are all impeccable. The food is delicious. I started with the WA Shrimp, Bacon and Corn Chowder which was tasty and just enough to not fill us up before the entrée. We both had the grilled salmon with the beet puree and cucumbers. I asked for it medium well and should have had medium but in spite of that it wasn't dry at all and was perfectly seasoned and slightly blackened. Our dessert was a sampler and the Crème Brulee' was the hands down winner there. I've never been here for dinner but it is now definitely on my to do list.
Nice time during Restaurant Week
The Fairview, located inside Washington Duke Inn, is one of those places that you just take for granted because it's always been there. But do yourself a favor and GO there, for the food, the service, and the ambiance. It's a great place for business, a special occasion, or to just treat yourself.
The food, service, and ambiance are charming. We went for lunch during Triangle Restaurant Week and had a full 3-course meal for $15 (only available during Triangle Restaurant Week). All the food was delicious and clearly prepared with skill and pride.
Great dining experience. The table next ...
Great dining experience. The table next to me was a bit loud for a group of six, but it was obvious they were a group of Duke faculty trying to recruit someone.
Hopefully a Bad Night
My husband and I arrived 1 & 1/2 hour before closing. Our date started off promising, but quickly declined. My salad was nothing special, my wahoo was overcooked and tough, I did hear the waiter call it swordfish, my husband's filet was beautiful, but cold. The bright spots of our meal were the wine and the crème brulee. We ate here 2 years ago and had a much better experience. Perhaps, they were having a bad night. I definitely want to give a huge compliment to the pianist, that was the highlight.
Piano interferred with conversation
The 6 of us were seated in an alcove to ourselves, which we thought would be great for conversation. That hope was short lived when the nearby grand piano came to life. In fairness, our ears are 70+ years old. The other patrons were likely less challenged. Next time we'll be sure to ask about the seating and hope to be able to hear without straining someone sitting across from us without their raising their voices. Somewhat marred an otherwise very nice dining experience.
Wonderful service wonderful food, than ...
Wonderful service wonderful food, thank you Shahb and the kitchen staff
A relative I rarely see was in town, and i wanted to impress. Fairview Dining did the job, even for a diehard Carolina fan. Excellent service, innovative food, wonderful wines. Highly recommended.
Best of Durham
The ambience and the service were excellent. Great attention to detail. We were made to feel really special. Surprisingly the portions were larger than expected for a gourmet restaurant.
Attentive Dining Experience
We decided to try this country club restaurant when we spent the night in Durham, since the online menu had a sunset prix fix menu, which had some interesting choices. The restaurant has wonderful views of the golf course and grounds. Our server Nathaniel was extremely attentive. We had to ask the hostess for the prix fix menu, though, and thought it should have been given to us without asking. That was the only downside. For our first course, I enjoyed the shrimp and corn chowder and my husband liked his unusual nettle (herb) chilled soup. He enjoyed the sliced sirloin for his main entree, and I thought my salmon dish was well prepared and perfect. For dessert, we enjoyed a medley of small bites.
We have eaten here before and enjoyed th ...
We have eaten here before and enjoyed the food very much. Our dinner was disappointing as it did not meet our expectations.
We LOVE the Fairview Restaurant!
We have eaten here many times. The filet mignon is delicious, as are any of the fish dishes that we have eaten. I would trust them on anything you order. The service is top notch, and the wine list is extensive. Often there is a piano player, who has happily played some requests for us. The atmosphere is quiet, the music is background. Our twenty-something children love it as much as we do! We have also gone for brunch and the brunch dessert bar is wonderful! The restaurant is not inexpensive, but we feel that you do get what you are paying for!
Fabulous graduation celebration spot
My family and I adored dining at the Fairview. The food was delicious but the real jewel is the phenomenal and attentive service. The small touch of a special dessert saying congratulations really put the evening on the map. Definitely recommending the Fairview to all of my friends for any upcoming events or even a nice dinner out.
Teacher Appreciation Day
Thanks to Fairview Dining Room for recognizing Durham Public School teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day. I used this as a good excuse to take my mother out to celebrate her students' AP exam success. We had an early reservation and were able to take advantage of the 3-course early dinner special menu. The service was excellent. The food was interesting with unique combinations of local ingredients - my mother was especially impressed with the beet and potato side for her salmon. We were also pleasantly surprised with the chocolate mousse dessert - it tasted like it was garnished with maracuya, which was a lovely flavor to conclude the dinner.
Wa Du Brunch
We have eaten at the Washington Duke on several occasions and typically the service is spot on! However, this morning it was quite slow, the server was not particularly attentive; had to request coffee refills several times, was slow getting back with specific requests, coffee and soup were both lukewarm. The food, however, especially the divine dessert bar was, as always, excellent!
We got a second floor room for about 20 ...
We got a second floor room for about 20 guests. Drink, food, are expected level as usual. However, only 1 waitress served us. So it was so slow. At least one more serving guy should be there.
Recently enjoyed an intimate dinner duri ...
Recently enjoyed an intimate dinner during a Saturday early evening. Staff was professional and attentive. Food was reasonably priced and exceptional quality.
Disappointed and some food unacceptable!
Took my grandson for him to enjoy a real dining experience. Disappointed! My chowder was passible but my shrimp-crab louis awful. Canned or popcorn shrimp, invisible crab meat, small piece of bibb lettuce. His 12oz New York strip was okay but he stated that he had had better elsewhere. He did like his shrimp cocktail (real shrimp ). For their reputation and $90.00+ tab I certainly expected better. You can spend your dining dollars better elsewhere./
Can't recall having better service at an ...
Can't recall having better service at any restaurant. Period. Truly outstanding. Five despite servers and the food manager bid us farewell calling me by my name each time as we left. A name they only learned of when we came to dine. Outstanding.
The citrus salad was delicious. The blac ...
The citrus salad was delicious. The black bean burger was surprisingly large but the flavor was pleasing.
A good experience
We enjoyed the setting at Fairview. We were staying in this beautifully set hotel on the campus of Duke University and we enjoyed our whole stay. The restaurant is in a beautiful setting and very romantic. The food was average, but the service was over the top. Overall we enjoyed our experience there.
One of my favorites
Always good food, excellent service, and a lovely setting. Great for special occasions but I really like to for lunches as well.
Chilean sea bass was perfect.
Chilean sea bass was perfect.
Very nice atmosphere. Fine dining without being pretentious.
Wanting, Hoping, Unfulfilled
We saw the reviews and nice pictures. We took a shot. Service was good, we were few tables there, so many servers coming around. Food was lacking. The steak was delicious, but the other entree was way over done.
Best in Durham for food, service, and sc ...
Best in Durham for food, service, and scenery! Executive Club membership is a bargain
Dinner with out of state friends
I can only give the Fairview Inn superlatives. Food,ambience, and service were great. Our friends enjoyed the evening and found it to be a highlight of their visit.
Samantha was a great server.
Samantha was a great server.
Blown away by the ambiance of the settin ...
Blown away by the ambiance of the setting. Did not know much about the Duke family, but the displays were educational. The food was superb, and made better by the fine service Denise provided. The total experience was outstanding.
Probably the best restaurant I have been ...
Probably the best restaurant I have been to in Durham. Very classy old-style hotel dining room. Go early for the specials through 6:30 PM. A great $35 value with appetizer, entrée and salad. The winter salad with pomegranate and goat cheese was terrific. The rack of boar was surprisingly good cooked medium rare
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